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  • great

    this is a great way to sample a lot of cozy mysteries all at once. The only problem is that I found way too many that I want to read.

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  • A wonderful way to find new titles

    Those who enjoy cozy mysteries will want to look at this extensive preview featuring titles by Ellie Alexander, Eve Calder, Cate Conte, Donna Andrews, Meri Allen, Eve Calder, Sheila Connolly, Hannah Dennison, Jess Dylan, Leonard Goldberg, Carolyn Haines, Kylie Logan, Allison Montclair, S. C. Perkins, Ashley Weaver. The excerpts are each several chapters long giving readers a chance to decide if a book is for them. Find out if a favorite author has a new book forthcoming and maybe find a new favorite as well! Just some of the author’s whose books I want to read include Hannah Dennison, Carolyn Haines, Kylie Logan, Allison Montclair, S.C Perkins and Ashley Weaver. How about you? Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this wonderful compendium. All opinons are my own.

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  • Too Big for One Review! Literally!

    This is my first sampler review, so rather than a synopsis--as others might provide--my offering is more like irreverent notes, possibly taken during interviews or at the scene of the crime. Snapshots in word form, if you will. [And my conclusions are presented this way...] A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder: Wedding on the beach; beautiful lime cake (topped with cookie groom and bride), with sunset swiftly approaching. The groom is missing, the bride in a panic, and cookie baker/chef/old friend of the bride to the rescue? Who eats the cake? [Another baker detective? Well, okay!] The Rocky Road to Ruin by Meri Allen: Funeral of a beloved community member; adoptive mother of sweet Caroline and Mike the money-grubbing jerk. Mike, soon to exit permanently. What happens to the money, women, inheritance, bereaved sister? The librarian will research it; care to join her? [I can hardly resist a librarian, so fine me!] Mocha, She Wrote by Ellie Alexander: West Coast Barista competition; Andy's our favorite, and the judges are tough. One is hated and feared. The mean is judge iced while holding Andy's specialty brew. "Baking is always the answer," says Jules' mom, but is she right? Or was it a killer? Jules may need more pastries and ice cream to save Andy and solve this one! [Herbal tea is more my cuppa, but this sounds fun. Save a place for me!] Death in Bloom by Jess Dylan: Failed Nashville singer gets a part-time job, then loses a flower-arranging student to a poisoned pot-luck snack. (Can I hope it's self-important Richard? Or does he have competition?) Did anyone pre-pay? What will Sierra's boss, Felix-the-absent-minded-geocacher, say if he's ever seen again? Can she manage the shop, walk the dog, and solve the killing on part-time pay? Will she get a raise? Will the Corgi pup like her better? [I know who dies, but it isn't enough. I have to know whether she gets the puppy!] Claws for Alarm by Cate Conte: Maddie's cat cafe is to host a pet rescue fundraiser, but the Rescue League lady is offed with a leash! Is everyone with a fancy leash in danger? Will Adele ever smile? Will the killer please step forward? [My brand of catnip? Undecided.] Murder Most Fowl by Donna Andrews: The play is the thing; Macbeth, that is. Meg Langslow's husband, Michael, is running the show and putting up most of the actors in their large house. Someone is going off script! A dagger is missing, witches meet in the forest, and someone deserving dies by poisoning. Meg knows Shakespeare, but fortunately, Rose Noir is her witchcraft wikipedia. Are there corpse fingers in the woods? Be careful what you eat or drink until you find out! [Chaotic goings-on, cleverly told! Find out for yourself!] Danger at the Cove by Hannah Dennison: Sisters Evie and Margot are opening a coastal Art Deco hotel, currently under repair. With visiting grieving Hollywood celebrity friend of Margot, Louise; an inadvertent "no husband's group." One fast boat available, and "packages" that need picking up on the mainland before the huge gale hits. Their small wooded island off the Sicilian coast is surrounded by shipwrecks, and a violent storm will bring a wreck with treasure to shore. Enough to bring out the latent "pirate" in many. Is it treasure or a package that gets the staff member killed? (Please, not Ollie!) What about the second victim? Will rewiring and renovations continue, or will Quick and Sons quit while they're alive? [Governments always get the treasure, but who gets a share? I'll be there!] Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan: Two a.m. phone call, what do you do? Wake your boyfriend before answering? Nick is on a gang a task force, so Jazz, the cadaver-dog trainer answers. A drunk's delusion, or was the body of the accidental homicide moved? Will Nick’s mom remember any of this tomorrow? Dan, the dead guy, is a secret that Nick, his mom, and others don't want dug up. But Jazz wonders about the photo Dan had of Nick and his mom. Were they targets? Did Dan (the paroled murder ex-con) have a hit list? Was his crime an old frame by the antiques dealer? Who's the biker? Was Dan a terrible assassin guilty of really bad judgement, or did everyone owe him money? [Jazz will no doubt stumble upon the truth while wishing Nick were there, and allowing multiple women to criticize her. I hope it works out!] Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines: Beware of Greek professors disdainful of lawmen and the law, who boast they will take down a domestic abuser. (Curtis is a nasty piece of work who doesn’t give a thought to back-handing his wife in public for asking a question.) If you find a sniper rifle in a bush, check to see whether there’s a pattern of similar deaths. Roscoe is a feisty little dog that runs through town causing trouble and uncovering clues. An aura of danger surrounds him. After Dr. Alala asks Sarah for her help, Sarah begins to wonder whether the killer is within rifle range

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